Pastor Marques Nelson was born in Greeley, Colorado, also growing up in Hoskins, Nebraska and Winona, Minnesota. For undergraduate pastoral studies, Marques attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm.  For several years, he worked in Milwaukee as a job developer, helping people with disabilities and disadvantages find jobs in their communities. While in Milwaukee, he completed his graduate seminary studies at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. This included a year of internship (vicar) at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Thornton, Colorado. 

After graduation from Seminary, Pastor Nelson served as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During this time he enjoyed serving the members of Good Shepherd and working with them to develop plans for multi-site ministry. This included plans for a new mission in fast growing North Liberty, Iowa with components of campus ministry for the U of Iowa.

Pastor now serves both the Beacon and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato. He arrived in August 2018, just in time to begin the new school year here on campus.

Pastor Nelson and his wife, Corissa, both enjoy campus life. Corissa has previously really loved teaching as an adjunct architecture professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They both love ideas, books, and learning. As a result, Pastor and Corissa collect new hobbies from hiking to bike riding, from exploring new communities with their kids, visiting coffee shops, and collecting various bluegrass instruments (now they just need to learn to play them). They also enjoy working together to develop digital content for ministry. Corissa currently works freelance with various aspects of design and illustration.